Google Renames Its Android App Store ‘Android Market’ To ‘Google Play’

Google likes it when all of their products have the word Google in it. Like Google Music, Google Plus and now Google Play. Yes, it’s true! The search engine giant has renamed its App Store for Android devices from ‘Android Market’ to ‘Google Play’. To me, it doesn’t make any sense, because Play doesn’t have anything to do with apps in a general sense (except obviously for games of course).

Google Play

From now onwards, you’ll have to look for Google Play instead of the Android Market. Although technically it hasn’t been launched yet, it’s going to happen very very soon. And you can access the Google Play web app or the Android app, when available, to get all your favorite songs, books, apps and more!

Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. On your Android phone or tablet, we’ll be upgrading the Android Market app to the Google Play Store app over the coming days. Your videos, books and music apps (in countries where they are available) will also be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music apps. The music, movies, books and apps you’ve purchased will continue to be available to you through Google Play—simply log in with your Google account like always.

So, what they’ve done is integrate all their features into one place! Yes, it’s easier, but will you be able to forget about the term ‘Android Market’ and move on?

Don’t forget to check out this introductory video for Google Play below…

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  • Alex

    no sense.and sounds stupid for an app store…

  • rogerchapman

    Would have been OK if we had been told. I suddenly realised last night that I had lost  the Market icon and spent hours trying to work out how to restore it. Then fortunately, I found your explanation.